CrossFit Outcome is my home away from home. I seriously love these people.
When your BFF's hit the main page, it's a proud moment. Here's Scott cheering on John Winters at a fund raiser. It's also Scott's third time hitting the main page in 12 days, what a superstar.
Everything in life is cyclical, but working your ass off and trying to get on CrossFit.com requires a lot of patience. There are long months when I submit amazing content and it never gets used, then you catch fire and they post three of your pictures in one week. I honestly don't submit that many pictures, maybe 5 per month, it really depends on whether I'm getting main page quality pictures. I liked this one of Rasmus because even his sweat is much stronger than the average person's. The rope attached to the sled draws your eyes into this powerful athlete. My only concern was that it didn't show his face, although it gives it a mysterious feel.
Looks like CrossFit's hottest couple is back on the main page four days later. This picture was from CrossFit Open workout 16.2. It's very similar to my 15.4 picture that made it on the main page (See 15.4 Here) where the judge is actually what tells the story of the picture. Scott complains that he's been on the main page twice, but hasn't actually been working out. He complains about everything, so it means he's happy.
These are some of my best friends, but also my extended family. Dave Shephard and Annie Olson are closer to me than my actual siblings. They're both extremely giving with their time and energy, but some of the most interesting people I've had the opportunity to meet in my adult life. I remember doing this workout with these guys last summer and it kicked my ass. Dave always pushed me to go past the point of "If I quit here I'm okay with that". He's wicked smart and is busy getting an MBA at Harvard Business School, but I can't wait until he comes back in a year and a half.And Annie.... A whole other level of special person. I'm lucky to call her my friend.
Just like the last pic on the main page, this one displays an incredible amount of strength from one of my favorite women in the CrossFit community, Kelsey Nagel. She is the most beautiful woman wherever she goes, she's as strong as the men, and as nice a person as you will meet. Kelsey and I both started at Xplore CrossFit in Downtown Seattle, and you could see the immense talent she was from the minute she started.She was on the CrossFit Marysville team that finished 3rd at the Reebok CrossFit Games in 2014.
Well that was certainly unexpected, but back-to-back main page photos is by far the best CrossFit photography experience for me. Part of that might be because the first three times I made it on CrossFit.com, I didn’t find out until a week later….. Noob, I know.I really liked this picture of Kellan Cerillo, and I think it captures the story perfectly. You don't see any other athletes in the picture, because Kellen was putting in the work on his own time. This was taken in the summer and you can see how the picture captures his work ethic and intensity, showing true grit with the desire to improve. Thank you to Dan Cerillo for hosting me that afternoon and letting me take pics. I sent this to him right after I took it and told him to have his son autograph it before he gets too famous.
I feel like my photography is very cyclical, just like my dating life when I was single, job hunt when unemployed, and performances doing CrossFIt. Sometimes you hit a lull, and other times it seems it feels like the universe is perfectly aligned to reward you. Two main page photos in 9 days, which is actually the second time this has happened for me. I find consistency to be the hardest aspect of sports or personal relationships , but as I continue to grow as a photographer, consistincy is what I'm seeking. This photo was part of the CrossFit Team Series and I thought it had main page potential when I saw it. It tells a story, has an elite athlete, olympic lifitng and American flag.
One of my favorite things about photography is that it's a continuous learning experience. I wish I knew immediately if I wanted a picture to lean towards the warm or cool side, but to be honest, I never know until I play with them. I've started using the SLR Lounge V6 Presets and these have taken my photos to another level. I used to add some of these manually using Photoshop, but I prefer Lightroom because it's faster.I love this picture of Tyler, the blue tint contrasting with the gold shorts. Often I like to take a warm subject and put them in a cooler environment and vice-versa, which is exactly what happened here. Not pictured is that a couple minutes before this picture, Ty was barely jumping. I explained that these are broad jumps and he better go all out.If you want to take a look at the SLR Lounge presets, you can order them by clicking here
Jennifer Ann Sahlberg coaches at South Seattle CrossFit, compete in numerous local competitions and is known by her members as Juicy-J. This girl is pure badass and she has fun doing it. This pic was taken during the final day of the Seattle Affiliate League and just used by CrossFit HQ Facebook page today on the facebook page.